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Amp Adjusting: A Walk-through with a Marshall MG100DFX

Grasping all of the features behind an amps settings can be difficult. Many musicians have an okay understanding of what knob adjustments such as EQ and Gain do, but knowledge of the exact function of such adjustments can hold a greater understanding of how to shape your tone, and how each amp is different. These […]

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La Grange Lesson – Solo and Jam [Video]

La Grange Lesson – Solo and Jam [Video]

You know this song. You know this riff. If heaven were a biker bar this song would never end. This song represents all that is awesome and badass in the world and I’m going to teach you how to play it. History ZZ Top recorded La Grange for their 1973 release Tres Hombres. It was […]

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Compression: Using it, and Using it Wisely

Compression is a useful tool for many musicians. Whether your a bassist playing a difficult line, or a guitarist that uses a wide range, compression can turn any line with inconsistent dynamics into a divine melody. That being stated, many musicians don’t fully understand how to use a compressor, or don’t know how to use […]

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The Importance of Staying in Tune

Most musicians know how bad an out of tune guitar can sound when playing in a group. Staying in tune is vital to good shows and good recordings, but sometimes simply using a tuner or tuning by ear wont help. I’ll try to shed some light on the situation here.

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4 Ways to Optimize Your Guitar

Strings Choosing a brand and gauge of strings is nothing more than trial and error. Benefits of lower gauge strings are that they have less tension and are “easier” to play on. Higher gauge strings have a thicker tone and allow you to play with lower action without fretting out. Brand is subjective, but the […]

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What Lies Beneath: Five Tone Woods and their Respective Sounds

What Lies Beneath: Five Tone Woods and their Respective Sounds

I went in to the local guitar shop last week for the first time in a month or so and I found the most abhorrent creation. Someone, I don’t know who, has built a telecaster out of alder. That not’s so bad. But they capped the alder body with a very thick piece of quilted […]

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